Friday, 28 July 2017

Review: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

Title: Tears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark #1
Author: Pepper Winters
Publisher:   CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 380
Genres: Romance, New Adult

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
This was a very raunchy read, VERY raunchy indeed. It is the story of Tess who is vacationing in Mexico with her boyfriend, Brax, when she is kidnapped by a Mexican gang whose business seems to be human trafficking. Trafficking young women in particular, in order to be sex slaves. I must confess that I thought this was maybe going to be a little different then it was. There were some scenes that made me quite uncomfortable.

For example, without giving away too much detail, there is a lot of rape discussion and an actual rape in which the woman in question then has consensual(?) sex with someone else straight after to 'erase' the memory of the rape. I found it problematic.

That aside though, the rest of this book is a portrayal of a BDSM dynamic and it's heavy on the sadism and masochism. When I say heavy, I'm talking about cutting, whipping until bleeding etc. Pretty hardcore stuff that would make a lot of people balk. Despite all of its problems, the story was really entertaining and it was a really fast read.

I'm not sure if I could, in good conscience, recommend this book though as I feel like it handled a lot of issues (like rape), quite poorly. If you have a strong stomach and want an extreme read than go for it. I found the writing quality to be quite high and the plot is well constructed.

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